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Monday, November 20 2017

Life has been compared to a roller coaster.  The Bible speaks of the “valley of the shadow of death.”  There will be times in your life when “life stinks.”  It is just not going the way that you want it to go.  When we are living blessed, this blog entry may not mean anything to you.  If you are going through a terrible time and know exactly what I am talking about...read on!

The Psalmist wrote:

Psalm 38:5 KJV
[5] My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

The wounds that the writer is speaking of can be speaking of sinful wounds.  Charles Spurgeon says that, “Apply this to the body, and it pictures a sad condition of disease; but read it of the soul, and it is to the life.” The Psalmist continued...

Psalm 38:6-11 KJV
[6] I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

[7] For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease : and there is no soundness in my flesh.

[8] I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

[9] Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

[10] My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.

[11] My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

This is an amazing word picture of the perils of life.  So what do you do when your world is upside down and twisted around?  What do you do when life does not seen fair?  The easy answer is to hold onto Jesus.  The hard thing to do is to hold onto Jesus.

We read of many stories of deliverance of God’s people in the scripture.  We read of Daniel emerging from the Lion’s Den and the three Hebrews walking out of the fiery furnace.  We hear preachers preach about David’s victory over Goliath and the raising of Lazarus by Jesus.  What do we do when we feel that we are in a fiery furnce.  One thing that I have found is remembering the last thing that God told me.  God has given us promises.  IF WE ARE PRAYERFUL, FASTING and READING THE WORD, God will speak to us in His time, but we need to be sensitive to His Word.  It may not come from where you expect.  

It was Job that said...

Job 23:8-10 KJV
[8] Behold, I go forward, but he is not there ; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

[9] On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him : he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him :

[10] But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

 

What do you do when you are in the wilderness and God has been a bit silent?  We need to go back to the last time God spoke to us.  What was the last promise He gave you?  When you know it, you need to hold onto it and believe that His promises are true.

God will turn our “mourning into dancing”.  He will take care of those that love Him.  The valley may be long, dark and dry, but when doubt begins to creep in, simply open your Word and pray as the peace of God passes over you...

Psalm 23:1-6 KJV
[1] The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

[2] He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

[3] He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

[4] Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

[5] Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

[6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

When life stinks...the anchor holds (as the old song says).  

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 08:50 am   |  Permalink   |  Email